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Hot New York entrepreneur returns home to Houston to try and change the city's food scene with tech savvy

Hot New York entrepreneur returns home to Houston to change food scene

Terry Wayne Jones, from left, Emily Keeton and  Robert Shelton at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Terry Wayne Jones, from left, Emily Keeton and Robert Shelton. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Shannen Tune, left, and Beto Gutierrez at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Chefs Shannen Tune, left, and Beto Gutierrez. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Bob and Gracie Cavnar at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Bob and Gracie Cavnar. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Kiran Verma at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Kiran Verma. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Antwaun Molden and Neera Patidar at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Antwaun Molden and Neera Patidar. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Amanda Calderon and Matt Johns at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Amanda Calderon and Matt Johns. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Todd Fiscus, left, and Cerón at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Todd Fiscus, left, and Cerón. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Stephanie Summerall, from left, Julie Soefer and Lisa Hopkins at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Stephanie Summerall, from left, Julie Soefer and Lisa Hopkins. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Marianna Dubinsky, from left, Taylor Saxon and Elizabeth Benavides at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Marianna Dubinsky, from left, Taylor Saxon and Elizabeth Benavides. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Derek Smith, left, and Don Smith at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Derek Smith, left, and Don Smith. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Marten Mckeown and Ali Valach at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Marten Mckeown and Ali Valach. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Alicia and Winston Gilpin at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Alicia and Winston Gilpin. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Rebecca Wright, left, and Racheal Wright at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Rebecca Wright, left, and Racheal Wright. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Hailey and John Delarosa at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Hailey and John Delarosa. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Melissa O'Reilly and Nick Scurfield at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Melissa O'Reilly and Nick Scurfield. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Terry Wayne Jones, from left, Emily Keeton and  Robert Shelton at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Shannen Tune, left, and Beto Gutierrez at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Bob and Gracie Cavnar at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Kiran Verma at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Antwaun Molden and Neera Patidar at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Amanda Calderon and Matt Johns at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Todd Fiscus, left, and Cerón at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Stephanie Summerall, from left, Julie Soefer and Lisa Hopkins at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Marianna Dubinsky, from left, Taylor Saxon and Elizabeth Benavides at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Derek Smith, left, and Don Smith at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Marten Mckeown and Ali Valach at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Alicia and Winston Gilpin at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Rebecca Wright, left, and Racheal Wright at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Hailey and John Delarosa at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015
Melissa O'Reilly and Nick Scurfield at the Flavour launch at Hotel Derek February 2015

New York-based entrepreneur and investor Emily Keeton returned to hometown Houston recently to launch her food discovery app FLAVOUR, her concept of a dining guide, which is already established with apps in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and beyond.

The good news, it's free. The so-so-la-la news, it's available here exclusively for the iPhone. Once downloaded, you'll find close to 400 restaurant options categorized by neighborhood, cuisine and occasion.

To celebrate the launch, Keeton hosted a soirée in the Penthouse Suite at Hotel Derek where chefs Jose Hernandez of Radio Milano, Alex Padilla of Ninfa’s on Navigation, Omar Pereney of Peska, Shannen Tune of Revolve Kitchen + Bar and Kiran Verma of Kiran’s Restaurant & Bar presented some of their signature dishes and mixed it up with the foodie crowd.

Joining the launch party were Keeton's mother, Susan Keeton, and her brother, John Keeton. Legacy Restaurants owner Niel Morgan, Julie Soefer, Lizzie Sullivan, Joe Abuso, Terry Wayne Jones, Ceron and Todd Fiscus and Gracie and Bob Cavnar were in the mix.

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